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Mittagong CWA

The Mittagong Branch of CWA will meet at its rooms in Winifred West Park, Old Hume Highway, Mittagong on May 23. Activities will begin with Handicraft (knitting) at 11.00am, followed by lunch at midday and a meeting at 1pm. Visitors are welcome. Details: Beverley on 4871 1483.

Day of thanks

The National Day of Thanks on May 27 will give an opportunity for all Australians to give thanks for the many people who make their lives worth living. The focus this year is on education, not just in our schools and other areas of formal education, but in learning from our elders, our churches, our families, friends and neighbours.

A Giving Thanks Service will be held at Mittagong Uniting Church from 10am and all are welcome. The first school in Mittagong was actually housed during the period 1865-1879 in what is now the Uniting Church. Miss Robyn Tomlin, principal of Douglas Park Primary School and Marilyn Horton, will speak on this subject during the service.

Busy Bees

Busy Bees Playgroup meets at the Mittagong Uniting Church 1-7 Albert St, Mittagong, each Friday during the school term. The playgroup is held in the church hall from 10.30am.

Seniors' Club 

Mittagong Seniors’ Club meets each Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 2.30pm at the Community Centre in Queen Street, Mittagong. Come for morning tea at 10am to learn more. Activities include craft, games, ukulele and various outings.

High tea

Winter fashions will be put in the spotlight at a Champagne High Tea. It is a special event to be held during Paliative Care Week which runs from May 20-26. The Winter Wonderland Fashion Parade will be presented by Southern Highlands Community Hospice on May 23 in the ballroom at Annesley, 10 Westwood Drive, Bowral. Fashions from the SHC Hospice Fashion Shops will be showcased and can be purchased on the day. Entry is $20 per person. Tickets are available at SHC Hospice Fashion Shops.

Garden Club

The art of flower arranging will be the focus of the next Mittagong Garden Club meeting on June 1. Flowers by Van Til florist Melanie will share her creative ideas on this topic at the meeting to be held at the Mittagong Civic Centre, Queen Street, Mittagong (next to the library) from 10am. Club members are also welcome to bring along some of their current winter flowers and garden produce for all to appreciate and admire. New members are welcome. Details: 4872 1448.

Bushwalk

Southern Highlands Bushwalkers Inc will trek along the Wollondilly River Nature Reserve on May 27. This is an easy walk along the river to Goodmans Ford with views of Tom’s Island and old farm buildings. The track includes sections of river stone and sand and the walk will cover about 12km. Details: David M on 0431 858 611 or 4871 1291.

Bible lessons

Casual, flexible and free seminars on learning to read the Bible effectively are available at the Loseby Park community hall each Sunday from 9.15am to 10.15am. The Highlands Christadelphians currently offer a continuous series of seminars designed to help people learn how to understand the Bible for themselves. No attempt is made to teach doctrines. This is more like a "How To" guide with hints on how to allow the Bible to interpret itself. The small group currently attending includes people from 18 to about 50 years of age. It is informal, and participants are invited to contribute their questions, or simply listen to the others. All are welcome. No bookings are necessary. Come and go as you wish. Come every Sunday if you wish, or just once to find out how it works. The seminars are not held during school holidays. Details: 0490 839 141.